Muslim Writers Awards: Celebrating Five Years!

Muslim Writers Awards - Celebrating FIVE years!

Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Shakespeare’s Globe, London

From 6.15pm

The Muslim Writers Awards celebrates the first five years!


Since embarking on their mission to instil a love of literature and inspire British Muslims to share stories, the organisers behind the MWA have seen it grow into the biggest competition of its kind in the world. This year’ssubmissions span 5 continents with many entries received for three new categories: JournalismPublished Children’s Book and Stage & Screenplays.


Project Director, Irfan Akram said, “We’re incredibly pleased to see how the quality of writing has been improving consistently since 2006.  We’re clear that the future for good literature by Muslims, and through that for British Muslims themselves, is extremely promising.”


Penguin and Puffin books are long terms partners of MWA which has helped to set up numerous writing and reading initiatives and delivered writing workshops in partnerships with schools, libraries, publishing figures and authors toover 12,000 people!


The Award ceremonies have become landmark events which broadcast live on TV to millions across the world.  This year singer Dawud Wharnsby and performance poet zkthepoet will entertain an eclectic audience made up of well known decision makers and influencers from the world of literature, politics, business and civil society.


Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said about one of the shortlisted entries, “We all admired the compassion and honesty of this entry; the way it never preached, but instead provided a window into a world, which is evoked here with great power and originality.”

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Cabinet Minister & Conservative Party Co-Chairman said, “The entrants, and everyone involved in the awards, are doing something particularly important: inspiring other people to pick up the pen.  I want to commend everyone involved from the organisers to supporters, the nominees to the judges – and wish you all the best.”

Benjamin Zephaniah, Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Brunel University said, “I’d like to pay respect to the Muslim Writers Award’s and most of all I’d like to wish the contributing writers all the best. Wordup, and increase de peace.”


Notes to Editor


·         The Muslim Writers Awards ceremony will take place on the 22nd November 2011 at the Shakespeare’s Globe, London.

·          The Muslim Writers Awards will be broadcast live across the globe on Islam Channel (SKY 813).

·         Further information about the shortlist can be found here   

·         The Muslim Writers Awards is a Muslim Hands project and is sponsored by the Penguin Group, Puffin Books, Islam Channel, Cordoba Foundation, Human Appeal International and the Brit Writers Awards.

·         Media representatives wishing to cover the event and/or attend may contact Naweeda Ahmad on             020 32460015            

 or email

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22nd November 2011